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Cassandra Troyan

Poet
Chicago, IL

Cassandra Troyan is an artist and writer who investigates the supposedly hidden structures of our desires by rendering visible the daily ways we make meaning in the world, and find ourselves in relation to others. After graduating from The Ohio State University with her BA, she completed her MFA at The University of Chicago in 2012, where she currently resides. She is the author of THRONE OF BLOOD (Solar Luxuriance 2013) and forthcoming from Tiny Hardcore Press, BLACKEN ME BLACKEN ME, GROWLED. She has exhibited or screened her work nationally and internationally, at the Athens International Film Festival, Athens, OH; One Minute Film Festival, Narrowsburg, NY; Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA; FASAD in Malmö, Sweden; Modern Art Oxford, UK; MASS MoCA, North Adams MA; Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, Germany; PLUG Projects, Kansas City, MO; MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK; Siena Art Institute, Siena, Italy; the SMART Museum of Art, Chicago, IL and the Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago, IL.

Joanna Beth Tweedy

Fiction Writer
Springfield, IL

Alpay K. Ulku

Poet
Chicago, IL

Alpay Ulku's first book of poem's is Meteorology (BOA Editions; foreword by Yusef Komunyakaa), which was selected as an "Notable Debut" by the Academy of American Poets book club. Alpay received an MFA from the University of Iowa's Writer's Workshop and a BA from the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands. Alpay works as a technical writer and business analyst in Chicago, where he lives with his wife, the writer and organization superhero, Anne-Marie Gallagher, and their two boys, Snapdragon and Lickedy-split. You can visit Anne-Marie's website at www.organizationquest.com

Judith Valente

Poet
Normal, IL

Judith Valente is an award-winning journalist, poet and essayist. Her chapbook "Inventing An Alphabet" was selected by Mary Oliver for the 2005 Aldrich Poetry Prize. She is the author of the poetry collection "Discovering Moons" and co-editor with Charles Reynard of "Twenty Poems to Nourish Your Soul," an anthology of poems and reflections on finding the sacred in the ordinary. Her news reports appear regularly on national PBS-TV and local PBS in Chicago. She is currently at work on a non-fiction book about her experiences as a regular visitor to Mount St. Scholastica Monastery in Atchison, Kansas. Valente is a sought after speaker who gives frequent workshops and retreats that combine poetry and the visual arts in an effort to live a more comtemplative life in a 24/7 world.

Thomas Vaultonburg

Poet
Rockford, IL

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